Where the Truth Lies (2005)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  7 October 2005 (Canada)
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Karen O'Connor, a young journalist known for her celebrity profiles, is consumed with discovering the truth behind a long-buried incident that affected the lives and careers of showbiz team Vince Collins and Lanny Morris.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Sanmarco
Deborah Grover ...
Mrs. O'Flaherty
Beau Starr ...
Jack Scaglia
Publishing Executive
Publishing Executive
Publishing Executive
David Hemblen ...
NY Hotel Concierge
John Moraitis ...
Irv Fleischman


A female journalist tries to uncover the truth behind the breakup, years earlier, of a celebrated comedy team after the duo found a girl dead in their hotel room. Though both had airtight alibis and neither was accused, the incident put an end to their act. Written by N.E. Star

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 2005 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Alaston totuus  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,726 (USA) (14 October 2005)


$18,023 (Hong Kong) (17 March 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Director Atom Egoyan made cuts to the film, including an orgy scene, in a failed attempt to challenge the NC-17 rating given by the MPAA. ThinkFilm has since announced that the version shown in US theaters is the same as the one shown at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »


When Lanny and Karen are having dinner and they leave the restaurant Karen has hoop earrings in (both ears) but when she goes back and Lanny kisses her she has no earring in her left ear, though the one in her right ear is still visible and she had them both on throughout the rest of the scene. See more »


Vince: [Beating up a bigot backstage] Say what you like about any jew in the world... BUT NOBODY CALLS MY PARTNER A *KIKE*
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Just a Gigolo
from the Austrian song "Schöner Gigolo" (1928)
Performed by The Blue Grotto Band
Music by Leonello Casucci
Lyrics by Julius Brammer
Adapted by Irving Caesar for English
(c) Wiener Boheme-Verlag GmbH/Irving Caesar Music Corp.
By kind permission of BMG Music Publishing Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. and Campbell Connelly & Co. Ltd.
In a medley with "I Ain't Got Nobody"
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Disappointing effort from Egoyan
12 March 2006 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Egoyan's weakest film, at least since he came to prominence with Exotica. It's actually a somewhat interesting mystery, but it has a lot of flaws. There is a death, possibly a murder, in the hotel suite of two famous comedians (played by Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon), based on Martin and Lewis. That's the film's biggest flaw, that this completely fictional mystery uses Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis as a model. It's very distracting. The bulk of the story has a young journalist (Alison Lohman) writing the story of the two comedians, trying to solve the mystery. The film-making is pretty good, but Egoyan, except for The Sweet Hereafter, has always been a weak director when it comes to actors. Lohman, who was great in Ridley Scott's Matchstick Men, is awful here (she does get naked and have sex with a woman, though, which makes the film almost worth seeing). Kevin Bacon, who gave his best performance ever last year in the still underseen The Woodsman, isn't especially good, either. Only Firth does a good job. The film is also overscored with some very cliché mystery music. Mychael Danna's scores for Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter were brilliant; this one's a flop.

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